Dr. Marinus van IJzendoorn
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Positions: Professor of Human Development, Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Wellcome Trust Visiting Professor in the Primary Care Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK; Emeritus Professor of Child and Family Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Research Interests: In the neurobiological era of the genome, brain and hormones the influence of parenting on child development is not self-evident anymore. How crucial are parents and other caregivers in shaping their children’s development, not only in relatively regular settings and circumstances but also in extreme situations of family violence, institutional neglect or social upheaval? What influence do children in their turn have on their parents and caregivers, and in what ways do they trigger specific parental interactions, and help build a relationship? And how is the neurobiology of parenting and child development limiting or opening up opportunities for (preventive) intervention from the perspective of differential susceptibility theory? Attachment theory has been the major source of inspiration to address these questions over the past 4 decades.